My neighbor brought me over a bunch of homegrown, organic tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini today and I knew right away I was going to make cucumber lemonade. I’d seen this on a blog called Crying Onions and it sounded refreshing and was something I’d never even imagined. But why not? I’ve made enough lemonades this summer to know that you can add just about any fresh ingredient to them and they still taste great. This is no exception.
I didn’t have grenadine so I had to skip that step, otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. I think it would have added a really nice extra touch to the drink though. Even without it, I really enjoyed this. Claudia and I drank a whole pitcher of it by ourselves this afternoon. Try it and you’ll feel like you’re drinking summer.
Recipe: Cucumber Lemonade
1 large cucumber or 2 small ones, peeled and chopped
1 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 c. sugar
4 c. cold water
Make simple syrup by heating 1 c. water and 1 c. sugar in a saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool.
Combine lemon juice, 1 c. simple syrup, and chopped cucumber in blender. Blend until cucumber is fully pureed. Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Add remaining 3 c. of cold water. Chill.
To serve, pour over ice in tall glasses. If desired, drizzle a little grenadine down the inside of the glass before filling it with lemonade. It’ll give you a nice layered look. (Check out the comment section for Josh’s, from Crying Onions, explanation.)